Clay Balls  

nofreesx 53F
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4/11/2006 5:35 pm

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4/12/2006 12:35 pm

Clay Balls

(how many of life's treasures have you thrown away by not taking the time . . .)

A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a
canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had
rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake.

They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man, so he took the bag
out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he would throw
the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could.

He thought little about it, until he dropped one of the clay balls and it
cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone!

Excited, the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each
contained a similar treasure. He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels
in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him.

He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the
clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of
thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of
thousands, but he had just thrown it away!

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we
see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It
isn't always beautiful or sparkling, so we discount it.

We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish
or well known or wealthy but we have not taken the time to find the treasure
hidden inside that person.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get
to know that person, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to
shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown
away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

loadeddice05 45M

4/11/2006 10:20 pm

Hmmn! I usually try to keep my less than cynical attitude towards people in general at bay when meeting new people!! I am a man so obviously I am somewhat into looks but have to say!! Not every beautiful woman I've met was beautiful throughout?? And I have met women who's inner beauty gives em' something!! Yeah! I'm real deep!!! No shallow man here??? I have substance!!!LOL!!!!!!

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